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Loudon Co. Provides Detailed Breakdown of Spring Take Back Event

May 07,2019

The Prevention Alliance of Loudon County participated in the Spring Take Back Event. Our event was held at the Tellico Village Welcome Center from 10-2, Saturday, April 27, 2019.

We anticipated about 150 or so participants but went ahead and printed 200 surveys. We ran out of surveys at 1 pm! We also printed flyers to distribute throughout the community, placed a large banner and several signs about the event as well. Everyone who participated had a great day! I was shocked at how many participants thanked us for having the event. They were happy to get rid of their expired, unused and unwanted medications. 

6 large bags of empty pill bottles were donated to Lion's Club to send to third world countries

 

Here is the hour-by-hour tally of participants:

Before 10 AM: 12

10AM-11 AM: 115

11 AM-12 Noon: 65

12 Noon-1 PM: 35

1 PM-2 PM: 47

TOTAL: 274

 

Breakdown of collections:

Total container take back= 3,225

475 OTC containers-recycled/ 900 amber containers with lids/ 1850 amber/white prescription containers with lids & labels intact 

161 Pounds of medications surrendered

 

Thanks to everyone who participated:

21 Volunteers/ 216 Survey completions

Our event was sponsored by Align9, our fiscal agent, (align9.org) and a $1000 grant sponsored by the Tellico Community Foundation (https://www.tellicolife.org/tellico-community-foundation) an affiliate foundation of the East Tennessee Foundation (http://www.easttennesseefoundation.org) The Tellico Village Community (https://tellicovillage.org/about-us/) rallied around our event and responded in kind.

Advertisements for the event ran throughout the community and social media, closed circuit TV channels, newspapers, and even a video commercial. (https://vimeo.com/331062925)

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